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Lecture stresses art’s impact on medicine

September 21, 2012 0 comments

The kickoff lecture of the third annual Creative Medicine lecture series was greeted Wednesday night with a packed room of students, doctors, artists and educators. The diverse audience – speckled with teal scrubs, backpacks and tortoise-shell glasses – captured the interdisciplinary appeal of the lecture series, which aims to examine and celebrate the link between medicine and the arts.

Talk highlights lack of minorities in sciences, math

September 21, 2012 0 comments

Slaton emphasized the need for skills-based education and for finding novel ways of promoting inclusion, arguing that previous efforts have seen insufficient progress.

Software recognizes subjects of sketches

September 19, 2012 0 comments

If there is one thing people have learned from programs like Draw Something, it’s that artistic ability varies greatly from one person to another. 

Biomarkers predict patient outcomes

September 19, 2012 0 comments

A study published yesterday found that a combination of biomarkers, rather than DNA alone, is a more effective way of determining the involvement of human papillomavirus in causing head and neck cancers.

Times science writer stresses clarity of ideas

September 18, 2012 0 comments

The ignorance that we exhibit is astonishing,” Cornelia Dean ’69, guest lecturer in environmental studies and writer-in-residence, told a crowd  that nearly filled an auditorium in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts Monday night. Dean was referring to the public’s lack of basic science literacy in a talk entitled “The Scientist as Source.” 

Archaeology profs present summer dig findings

September 14, 2012 0 comments

From measuring fragments of monasteries in Paris to performing some of the first archaeological explorations of the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, professors in Brown’s archaeology department have had a busy summer.

Biology prof finds methods of identifying usable stem cells

September 14, 2012 1 comment

As a potential method for producing cells to repair failing systems in human bodies, many scientists are looking to stem cells ­- cells that have the power to differentiate or transform into many different cell types. Scientists already know how to extract stem cells from adult human fat and hope they will someday be able to take a person’s own cells and develop the tissues they need.

U. forgoes action against prof after study fraud

September 14, 2012 3 comments

The University will not take action against former Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Martin Keller, despite acknowledgment by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline that Keller co-authored a fraudulent study advocating adolescent use of the antidepressant Paxil.

Genetics influences political views, prof reports

September 12, 2012 1 comment

When deciding whether to vote red or blue, genetics is probably the last thing on your mind. But genes play a role in dictating broad political preferences, according to a recent study co-authored by Rose McDermott, professor of political science.

U. engineers accurately detect flu virus with biochip prototype

September 12, 2012 0 comments

Detection of the influenza virus – more widely known as the flu – has been a slow and laborious process to date. But biomedical engineers at Brown recently developed a prototype for a biochip that can rapidly and reliably detect influenza in patients. This chip would allow scientists to track the spread of the flu, ideally preventing outbreaks through early diagnosis, the researchers reported in the June issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.